We believe that 3D printing technology; or to use it’s more funky name, fabbing; is an important step towards a more sustainable world. It is a manufacturing process that equals less material wastage and greater productivity.
Fabbing is a technology that has the power to improve the lives of many by putting manufacturing into the hands of everyday folk. The hardware for 3D printing is open-source, meaning anyone can build a printer if they have the right materials. There are even 3D printers that can print their own parts!
At Faberdashery we only sell PLA filament. This mainly because PLA is a fantastic material to work with. It gives great print results and doesn’t smell bad when printing. Both bonuses for you. However it is also has environmental benefits. Unlike other printing plastics, PLA is not derived from fossil fuels. PLA is starch based. This means PLA has the added advantage of the potential to biodegrade under commercial composting conditions. We like the idea that at the end of an object’s life it can return to the earth rather than hanging around in landfill.
Currently PLA is not recycled. However at Faberdashery we want to develop a system for recycling PLA prints. This is a work in progress, but we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime if you do have any scrap PLA prints that you would like to get rid of send them over to us at:
Faberdashery Ltd., The Old Fire Station, Christchurch Street West, Frome, Somerset, UK, BA11 1EH
We will put your scrap PLA towards the development of our recycling scheme.